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I'm a airsofter and love my revolvers, the problems I've run in to lately is the lack of good holsters for them.

Now don't get me wrong I enjoy my wild west gun rig as much as the next person, but some times I want to go for a modern look when out on the field so I needed to make my own holster for my 6" TM Colt Python that could attach to a molle chest rig or drop leg panel.

(MOLLE (military) (MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), a version of load bearing gear used by the U.S. Military - a Molle drop leg platform is a blank panel that you can attach any molle item to and features a double leg strap for stability).

The things I wanted to cover with the holster where:

  • molle attachments, so I can add it to any kit.
  • low profile, have the holster as small as possible.
  • make it as quick as possible, one thing I love about my western rig is the quick draw.

So I sat down and drew up a holster that would allow me to remove the gun as quick as possible (a 6" barrel can take time to remove from a holster) so I had the gun held only at the very end, as the holster is mostly open down on-side it makes it easy to remove the gun and I added molle straps to the back of it.

Step 1: Tools:

Here's a list of the tools you'll need:

  • your gun
  • Veg-tan tooling leather (vegetable tanned leather)
  • leather off cuts for the straps
  • thin backing leather
  • general art equipment for the design and pattern making
  • 2 press studs and a setter
  • sharp craft knife
  • v-groover tool
  • edge beveller tool
  • leather stitching tools
  • metal ruler
  • leather glue
  • edge slicker
  • leather dye
  • edge dying sticks
  • sponges
  • gum tragacanth
  • leather finish
  • old rag
  • thick plastic sheet

Some of the tools listed you can get away with-out using but they will make the project quicker and easier, I'll point out these in the guide as we go.

Step 2: Designing the Pattern:

The first thing you'll need is your art equipment,

Draw around your gun going from the trigger guard downwards

Add about 6/7mm to the outline to make room for the stitching

Note: When going along the top edge of the gun where the sights are follow a straight line from the highest parts

Draw on where the molle straps will sit, it's best to line it up against your chest rig but the straps are normally about 25mm wide with a 25mm gap in-between.

Now you know where the straps sit on the holster you can make the patterns for the straps

With that you should have a pattern you can draw around on to the leather

Step 3: Cutting the Leather

Now you have your pattern, you can draw around it on to the leather,

You'll need to make sure you lay out the pattern so the grain side (smooth side) of the veg-tan leather will be facing you when you wear it, the same for the thin backing leather (so the flesh side (fluffy side) will face the gun and help grip it in place)

You will need to the cut the thick plastic sheet smaller then rest so it wont get in the way of the stitching

Step 4: Moulding the Top Part of the Holster

Now on the fun part -

You need to take some veg-tan leather with plenty of extra room to fix around the shape of the gun.

Then you'll need to rap up your gun to keep it safe and then soak the leather under the tap

Once the leather is wet leave it to one side for about 5/10 minutes to let it fully soak in.

Now everything is in place, it time to start.

Lay the leather over the top of the gun and using your hands just push the leather down and it will start to mould around the gun, keep at it, working the leather around the gun and in to the different shapes of the gun, the longer you take on this part the better the fit will be.

At the end of it make sure the leather goes around the gun then out flat so you have a nice area around the edge to stitch the pieces together later

Leave the leather to dry for 24hrs some where cool and dry, don't put it some where hot to dry the leather won't like it and can be misshapen once dry.

Step 5: Shaping the Mould

Once the moulded leather has dried its time to shape it.

Take your knife and starting about 25mm from the bottom cut in to the shape and remove part of the leather covering the barrel, then clean up the shape - by removing any excess - around the top so the leather covers the revolver cylinder and lip goes in to the trigger guard.

Step 6: Dying the Leather

Now everything has been cut out and shaped we can dye the leather

You don't have to dye the leather if you want to keep its natural colour but you will need to put a leather finish on it to protect the leather from ware and tear.

The simplest way of dying the leather is to just use a sponge and wipe it on but this can get a bit messy without gloves and the dyes don't wash out that quick, it might cost more but getting a hold of some dye applicators (a fancy sponge on a stick) speeds things up and is a lot neater.

Once you have left the dye to dry over night you can then add the leather finish over the top which protect the leather from the elements.

Step 7: The Base of the Holster

Now the dying has been done we need to stitch the first molle strap to the base of the holster because it needs stitching in the middle.

After this has been done you have to add in the press studs.

If you want you can use the V-groove tool to add a recess for the stitching to sit in so it is flush.

Now you can glue the 3 base parts together, sandwiching the plastic sheet in-between the thick and thin leathers.

The best way is to spread the glue all over then leave it for 5mins till it starts to dry then press the parts together

With the base put together run glue around the edge of the moulded leather and fix it to the base.

Step 8: Stitching

Now with everything glued together and dry it times to stitch it all.

First use your stitching awl (a ice pick looking tool) to make your stitching holes ago around the whole edge.

As seen in picture 2 the holes have been punched and in picture 3 I have followed the holes a guide to use the v-groove tool to make the stitching flush.

Once everything has been punched they are ready to be stitched together, take your waxed tread and a leather needle start under one of the long straps leaving about 150mm of thread at the end, go in and out of the holes you have made, go all the way around till you get to where to started, now loop around and head back the way you came going in and out again so that there are no gaps in the stitching

Note: also don't for get to line up the other straps as you go stitching them in.

Step 9: Finshing

Now everything is stitched you can use the craft knife to cut off any excess off the moulded leather so everything is nice an neat, if you want you can use the bevel tool to trim off the edges then re-edge with dye.

Now take the old rag and rub in the gum tragacanth in to the edges, this will smooth the edges and make then harder when it dries, while it is still wet use the slicker tool to smooth the edges out even more (the bevelled edges will make the edge nice and round)

Step 10: The End

If everything went as it should you should now have a custom made leather molle holster for your beloved revolver that looks little like this.

Nice work! The holster looks great! <br><br>But, you have to pull the revolver up and backwards? When I go shooting with my revolver (custom s&amp;w mod10), and need to pull it fast (ppc shooting), then I use a holster with the cut out in the front. That way I can pull it up and forwards, and that's the direction I want to shoot. <br><br>But I now need to go and get some leather, and make a new holster for my other revolvers (s&amp;w mod 28 and mod 34) following this instructable!
thanks for the comment, I had thought about having it cut out on the front but I like to shoot from the hip (too many cowboy films as a kid) so it works for that, I do have a another mould I made sitting around so I might make another with a cut out of the front and see how it goes :D
<p>nice work if this was a real gun though I would have covered the bang switch! this would eliminate an un intentional discharge. snag on branch, cloths rack, some one playing around just for safety. Be like the toddler who shot his Mother in Walmart's she didn't have the go bang switch covered either.</p>
<p>I'm confused, every holster I've ever seen like this has some form of retention on the cylinder part, I'm with the guy below and i deal with steel instead of plastic but still wouldn't that just fall out eventually? I've worked with leather for years and kydex and anything else you could possibly make a holster or sheath out of haha So I've got a little experience. are you relying solely on the leather to have enough retention to hold the revolver?? If so you must of found the &quot;magic leather shop&quot; lol yes it'll hold until you draw it a few times or it gets really warm, I would think??</p>
Hello, the leather covering the cylinder is mostly there to protect the cylinder, the grip holding the revolver in place mostly comes from the 2inches or so at the end of the barrel from the hard plastic backing and wet formed leather on top, I've been using it for a while now and it's not loosened up yet. The leather I used was normal vegtan from Tandy but it was the thickest they stock normally user for armour and shields.
<p>Wow, this is brilliant, I will definitely be doing this for my molle vest when my new airsoft Glock arrives! Thanks!</p>
<p>Thank you for the informative Instructructable.</p><p>I love it</p><p>Rima</p>
thank you very much, even if people dont want to make a holster I hope they can at least take some tips away from this.
I have done very little leather work, but I am downsizing my house.<br><br>I found tooks I did not think I had, and some Rabbits fur as well. I will show you a picture pf my new tool box.<br>I have 2 more. After my bee hive is set up.<br><br>Its only missing hinges hasps and Zip Ties. Well I will show you what I make later<br><br>Here is <br>the tool box. grrr cant up load<br><br>
<p>Wow the workmanship is lovely, also a very nice place to carry a precious object. </p>
thank you, I wouldn't normally holster a gun on a bag but it was the only molle based bit of kit I had on me at the time of the photo lol

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